Ricardo Montalban, RIP

More sad news for Star Trek fans.

Ricardo Montalban of "Fantasy Island" fame, best known to Trekkies as KHAAAAAAAAAN!!!!, died today. He was an excellent actor and brought humanity and scenery-chewing mania to the villainous, but sympathetic Khan.

"Fantasy Island" received high ratings for most of its run on ABC, and still appears in reruns. Mr. Roarke and his sidekick, Tattoo, played by the 3-foot, 11-inch Herve Villechaize, reached the state of TV icons. Villechaize died in 1993.

In a 1978 interview, Montalban analyzed the series’s success:

"What is appealing is the idea of attaining the unattainable and learning from it. Once you obtain a fantasy, it becomes a reality, and that reality is not as exciting as your fantasy. Through the fantasies you learn to appreciate your own realities."

That’s from Moby Dick, by the way.